Several members of St. Martin’s faculty and staff received awards and recognition during the end-of-the-year recognition event for personnel on May 30. Following a worship service in the Dan and Frances White Chapel, Head of School Merry Sorrells acknowledged and thanked faculty and staff for their service and talents.
Holly Dalferes, Gary Innerarity, Rebecca Lovisa, Rosary Mouton, Jordan Soyka, Jennifer Wang, and Teresa York were recognized for five years of service to the school. For ten years of service, Wally Porter ’76 was presented with a pin. Andrew Harris, Nan Hyatt, Shannan LeJeune, and Mary Lee Saucier ’90, were recognized for their 15 years of service to St. Martin’s. Ashley Woods Bozeman ’85, Erin Dazzo, and Edwina O’Flynn were honored for their 20 years of service to the school. Alma Roohi ’82 was recognized for 25 years at StM. Chuck Rivet was lauded for his 30 years. Tootie Conway was honored for 35 years and Warren Lind for an amazing 40 years working at St. Martin’s.
Two long-time Saints who are retiring were recognized. Julie O’Flynn has served the school for 21 years and Warren Lind for 40. Linda Jouet was also recognized, as she is retiring this year.
The Innovative Teacher Awards
The Board of Trustees presented an Innovative Teacher Award to a faculty member in each division. Tiffany Laird was the George Cottage recipient. Leah Robarts was the honoree for the Lower School. The award went to Mary Kay Beck in the Middle School, and to Julie Laskay in the Upper School.
The Godiwala Fellowship Award
The Godiwala Fellowship Award was established to recognize and reward creative academic programs at St. Martin’s. This monetary award provides professional development to the chosen teacher. This year's recipient was the entire World Languages Department: Mary Kay Beck, Andy Dykema, Rachel Johnson, Cissy Rowley, Keith Schwarz, Jennifer Wang, and Teresa York. With the award, the World Languages Department will participate in a two-day training session on the administration of oral proficiency interviews. The training will be provided by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and will help teachers assess a student’s language level through simple and complex questioning strategies.
The J. Gordon and Lou Ann Reische Outstanding Teacher Award
The 2019 award was presented to Lower School teacher Stephanie Gaspard. In a letter of nomination in support of Gaspard, she was lauded for her “magic presence in the classroom, her consistent work ethic, her continuous energy and unending ability to put her students first.”
In addition to many other positive qualities touted in her nominations, it was noted that “Stephanie works hard to be an advocate for every individual, often looking for new ways or techniques to help each student. She makes lessons that use all the children’s senses and she constantly looks for new ideas to improve upon the core lessons and programs.”
The Reische Award was conceived and endowed by Mr. and Mrs. J. Gordon Reische in honor of their daughters Julie Reische Gray ’74, Susan Reische ’76, and Kathy Reische Habluetzel ’80, with the express purpose of recognizing and rewarding outstanding teaching at St. Martin’s Episcopal School. It is hoped that this award will serve both as a reminder of those faculty members whose considerable enthusiasm, empathy, expertise, and dedication made St. Martin's the revered institution it has become, and as an incentive to current faculty to strive, to excel, and to constantly grow as teachers.
Barbara Ryan Leadership Award
Finally, the Barbara Ryan Leadership Award was presented. Named for a long-time member of the StM staff and former interim Head of School Barbara Ryan, this award is presented to a staff member who displays devotion to the school, and leadership qualities. The 2018-2019 recipient was Julie O’Flynn.
“She is always on the ball to take care of all of our maintenance problems, and follows up to make sure everything remains in working order,” stated one nomination. “Julie is a problem solver! She always has a smile on her face and manages to keep everything in order. Julie is very protective of her staff and supportive of their needs.”
Another letter of support noted, “She is always willing to go above and beyond to help you out with your event or problem. She is genuine and welcoming. She has always made sure I had everything I needed to be successful.”
All personnel enjoyed a catered reception in Saints Hall after the recognition ceremony.